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About Ian

A Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and a member of both the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Ian co-founded The HSQE Partnership back in 2017 alongside our other Director, David Trimble.

Following a successful career as a professional rugby player, Ian’s first foray into the world of health and safety was as an HSQE Advisor for VGC Group, followed soon thereafter by a 3 year tenure as Regional SHE Advisor for AMCO Rail (now Amco-Giffen). Following a further 4 years spent at Balfour Beatty Rail as Safety and Sustainability Business Partner and then Alliance Safety Manager, in 2014 he made the move to Amey where he held the position of Safety Lead for the Northern Hub Alliance for almost 3 years.

Now the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director for the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU West), Ian is no stranger to substantial, high-profile infrastructure projects, having supported the safe delivery of schemes such as Birmingham New Street Station, the Northern Hub, the North West Electrification Project, and the SSE Tunnelling Framework.

Key responsibilities

  • Providing the team with strategic direction, ensuring that the business develops in line with our clients’ needs
  • Managing the financial performance of the organisation
  • Having ultimate responsibility for the health and safety of The HSQE Partnership’s workforce
  • Developing and delivering business improvement strategies
  • Developing cutting-edge initiatives and innovations to drive health, safety and wellbeing improvements
  • Developing safety leadership and behavioural based safety and cultural change programmes
  • Developing and implementing management systems
  • Carrying out CDM assurance and compliance monitoring
  • Carrying out RM3 assurance to support organisational and cultural change
  • Supporting organisations through key accreditations such as Network Rail PCL, RISQS, SSIP, ISO and UVDB

My role allows me to empower and inspire the team to challenge industry norms within the key focus areas of the business such as safety, crime and security, environment and sustainability, and wellbeing. This ensures that our approach remains cutting edge, unique, and tailored to the requirements of each client.

Ian Grainey Director

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